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The Shinnecock Hills are the sacred burial grounds of the Indigenous People of Long Island.
STOP THE DESECRATION
STOP DIGGING UP OUR ANCESTORS
We, the undersigned do hereby support the demand for a Moratorium of any further building/clearing/land disturbance in the area known as the Shinnecock Hills, and the passing of the Graves Protection Act effective Immediately!! The desecration of this sacred land has gone under regulated for more than a century, resulting in egregious damage and destruction of ancient burials and culturally sacred/sensitive sites.
In 2018 the Southampton Town Board created a joint stewardship committee called the "Southampton/Shinnecock Nation Cultural Heritage Stewardship Committee" Consisting of three members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and three town officials to come up with a plan for the management of the property—along with three other parcels that the committee will be charged with overseeing.
This committee was created after the Hawthorne property in Shinnecock Hills where human remains—of an ancient Shinnecock person—were found during construction in August 2018.
The Southampton Town Board has yet to come up with a management plan for the three other parcels the joint committee agreed on. AND THE DESECRATION IS STILL CONTINUING WITHOUT MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION WITH THE TRIBES.
With all of the development occurring on the lands of the Shinnecock, proper consultation ALONG WITH FPIC (FREE, PRIOR OR INFORMED CONSENT) is always required by the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The Tribe reports a successful consultation when the Tribal chair and the Agency head consult early on in the planning of the project undertaking and they arrive at a Memorandum of Agreement. At this time the development projects occurring in the Shinnecock ancestral lands HAVE NOT consulted with the SHINNECOCK INDIAN NATION.
WE FURTHER SUPPORT the demand for the adoption/implementation of the proposed "Native American and Colonial Graves protection" legislation (protocol and laws) that have been drafted and presented to the Southampton Town Board since 2003.
WE ALSO SUPPORT the demand for a "cease and desist from all activity" order to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course until ancient grave sites are identified and protected in perpetuity!
WE DENOUNCE/CONDEMN the illegal, immoral deceitful and dishonest continued theft of the land which was turned into a golf course circa 1902. It is sinful, wrongful and an unconstitutional seizure of these sacred hills for the Pleasure of the wealthy and "privileged".
SHINNECOCK HILLS is the most sacred stretches of land within the ancestral territory of the Shinnecock, holding spiritual, traditional, religious values and uncountable burials in the heart of the hills. Existentially, for thousands and thousands of years the Indigenous people of Long Island have lived in harmony and balance with Nature and now we seek justice for all the wrong done to the land and the people.
The over-development CRISIS of Long Island, which is causing extreme environmental disasters must be addressed ASAP.
Now ALL Tribes, ALL races, ALL faiths, ALL Walks of Life will join in the Reclamation Efforts of the Indigenous People of Long Island. In the name of Justice, love of Earth and Sky and to Honor the Ancestors.
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